Program Support

The Consortium has helped the University of Minnesota become a leading institution pioneering interdisciplinary research on the societal implications of biomedicine and the life sciences. Private and corporate contributions allow us to expand our unique programming and public dialogue, research, and publication.

We invite you to help tackle the most challenging questions of the 21st century!

Where your gifts are needed

Consortium Fund for Conferences and Lectures
Consortium events offer debate on pressing issues in science, law, and medicine and are open to the public free of charge or at low cost. Our events are videotaped and archived for free public access on our website. By supporting the Consortium Fund for Conferences and Lectures, you will help us to bring national scholars to the University, giving our community a broader view of issues at the intersection of law, values, and science. You will also help us offer continuing education credits—CLE and CME—to professionals across the University, Twin Cities, and region.

To learn more about supporting the Consortium, please contact, Audrey Boyle at 612-626-5624 or at

Past support—thank you!

Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine
We are grateful for the donations that allowed us to present the annual Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine for many years beginning in 2004. Each year, the Consortium together with the Center for Bioethics hosted an eminent scholar who addresses a significant issue at the intersection of law and medicine. Topics range broadly and include perspectives from bioethics, public health, and the policy arena. In the 2016 Deinard lecture, multiple speakers -- Ernesto Ramirez, Prof. Barbara Evans, Prof. Kingshuk Sinha, and Prof. Jason Bobe -- addressed “How Patients Are Creating Medicine’s Future: From Citizen Science to Precision Medicine.” 

The children of Amos Deinard, Sr., and the law firm of Stinson Leonard Street generously supported our annual Deinard Memorial Lecture. Amos S. Deinard, Sr. and Benedict S. Deinard were alumni of the University of Minnesota Law School and Harvard Law School. In 1922, they founded Leonard, Street and Deinard along with George Leonard and Arthur Street; that firm later merged with Stinson Morrison Hecker to form Stinson Leonard Street.

In the photo below, left to right: Prof. Amos Deinard, Jr.; Deinard lecturer Prof. Michelle Mello; Commentator Prof. Jon B. Christianson; Miriam Kellen

Michelle Mello with Deinard family